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GMID Education Event & Membership Function

April 06, 2017
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
1111 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
Venue Website

Onsite Registrations are welcome!

South Florida's top meetings and hospitality associations unite with MPISFL  to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day. Learn from top industry professionals and advocates what our industry means to the communities of Broward, Palm Beach and Dade County. Join us for an exciting networking lunch.

Members of the following Supporting South Florida Associations will receive the MPI Member discount exclusively for this event. Please contact your Association administrator for the Promo Code to use at checkout.





We look forward to the collaboration of other South Florida Associations and will be sharing additional information in the upcoming weeks.

A big thank you to Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB and Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB for your support!


Registration, Learn & Network Coffee Break: 10:30 am-12:00 pm

South Florida’s Global Meetings Industry Day

Click here to view our press release!

Join us as South Florida's top meetings and hospitality professionals unite with MPI South Florida to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day. Learn from top industry professionals and advocates what our industry means to the communities of Broward, Palm Beach and Dade County, and enjoy a delicious educational networking lunch where we will discuss the Sustainable Development within the Meetings & Hospitality Industry and learn from some of the Top Industry Experts.

Please plan to arrive early from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
to check out the educational networking break and the CSR activity!

“The Sustainable Development within the
Meetings & Hospitality Industry”

Keynote Speaker & Panel Moderator:

Jeff Chase 
VP, Sustainability
Freeman Companies


Jeff has been a passionate driving force on many sides of the trade show / event industry for 30 years. He spend his first 5 years as a General Services Contractor working in Nashville/Washington DC, and then got a job in California to take the position of Show Director for one of the largest tradeshows in the industry, and over the next 8 years he helped grow that show in the United States and launched it in Europe and Asia. He then started his own event production agency which he ran successfully for 10 years and worked with clients such as eBay, PayPal, Visa, Google and many others, then sold it to FreemanXP, the premier Experiential Marketing Agency. His current focus and passion is working as the Vice President of Sustainability. He works closely with many Fortune 100 companies like McDonalds, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, and Autodesk to help them meet their goals for green/sustainable events.  He serves as the chairman of the CIC Sustainability committee which manages the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC).



Julia Johnson, 
Sustainable Programs Manager
Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center




Julia Johnson joined SMG, Operator of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, in July 2012, after serving as LEED Project Team Manager and Facility Project Consultant with Sustainable Options, LLC, working on the LEED for EB: O&M Certification, for the facility. The project began in March 2009 and LEED Gold Certification was achieved on July 16, 2012. Julia is responsible for the ongoing sustainable consulting, capital project management, assisting Director of Operations with future operating and capital budgets and gathering and upload of all pertinent application documentation for LEED online to achieve the goal of LEED Recertification in July 2017.
Prior to joining SMG/BCCC, Ms. Johnson served as LEED Project Team Manager with Sustainable Options, LLC, based in South Florida. In addition to overseeing the LEED-EB: O&M Certification project for the Broward County Convention Center, she also managed the sustainable consulting, project management, facilities staff extension, and LEED certification services for multiple projects within the company. She has experience working with LEED-EB: O&M (EBOM), LEED for Green Buildings Operation & Maintenance (GBOM), Green Globes and Energy Star. A member of the USGBC, Ms. Johnson is a Certified Sustainability Manager and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty designation in Building Operations & Management.


John D. Buschman, M.S., B.A.
Adjunct Instructor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Doctoral Student, Robert Stempel School of Public Health & Social Work








John is an Adjunct Instructor at Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from FIU’s Robert Stempel School of Public Health & Social Work. In previous studies John earned his Masters’ in Hospitality Management from FIU, a Bachelors in Travel and Tourism Management with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Michigan State University and a certificate in hotel marketing from the Centre International de Glion. As part of his doctoral program he has worked at the Community-Based Intervention Research Group in Miami, Florida. John’s research interests generally involve the application of hospitality management practices into public health and social welfare and the development of social responsibility awareness and practices in the hospitality industry. Currently he is researching the issue of community food insecurity and exploring ways that the hospitality industry can help to alleviate it. Originally from Michigan, John has lived and worked all over the world, serving in executive positions in many leading tourism and hospitality operations, accumulating sales, marketing and operations experience on five continents. He keeps his finger on the pulse of the industry through his memberships in GMIC, MPI, and SITE. Highly active in community service John regularly volunteers his services at regional food banks, food pantries and at various emergency food distribution points throughout South & Central Florida. Also, John frequently speaks to community and hospitality industry groups on food and sustainability topics. Each February he serves FIU and the community as Food Rescue Coordinator for the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, a complex operation that recovers unused foods from more than 100 exhibiting chefs, and delivers it to local agencies including Feeding South Florida and the Miami Rescue Mission. John is fluent in the Latin American versions of both Spanish and Portuguese languages and enjoys tennis and motorcycling for exhilaration.


Kathy S. McGuire, ISSP-SA
Climate Reality Leader
3 Pillar Solutions, LLC

Kathy is an award-winning Sustainable Development Professional (ISSP-SA) and LEED Green Associate with 10+ years of progressive experience and a proven track record of implementing sustainability projects to reduce waste, engage stakeholders, and increase brand awareness. Recognized as an industry leader in meeting the highest standards and being among the first in the nation to achieve sustainable business certifications for her clients, she is a trusted source of knowledge on established practices and cutting-edge trends that benefit organizations and the community. Kathy is currently Corporate Trainer for SuperGreen Solutions, an energy efficiency products franchise distributor.


Members of participating South Florida Alliance associations, who have a Sustainability Program within their business practices, will have the opportunity to Showcase their business with a table top exhibit at $250.00 per table. For additional information please contact: Kate Gilbertson DIRECT +1 954.510.3289 | CELL 919.699.6414 OR AT

Raffle: There will be a special Raffle the day of the event. Purchase tickets online during registration check out or on-site. Special opportunity for Members of South Florida Alliance associations: Buy one ticket, get one free.


Who’s hungry?

1 out of 4 Local Florida Kids suffer without enough food. This is nearly 2X the national average.

If 64% of local elementary school students in South Florida’s wealthiest counties ?eat free breakfast & lunch at school, what do they eat over the weekends? Not enough.

About Living Hungry:


Established April 2016, we are  Living Hungry and we believe we can end food uncertainty for our local children in Florida. Our kids going hungry are more likely to be sick, tired, depressed, experience colds, headaches, impaired focus more often, suffer with behavioral problems, emotional and academic delays - all because they're hungry. So we feed them. Living Hungry together with Meals of Hope have solved the problem for thousands of local kids through innovative weekend backpack programs, carefully constructed to beat the USDA quality nutrition standard and hand-distributed through an efficient supply-chain and a network of collaborative partnerships. All together we turn around the story for our local resilient kids from suffering to living and learning well again. No Local Kid Hungry. Your $5 feed's 1 local child for 1 weekend.  In partnership with Meals of Hope.


For more information contact:
Maura Plante | CEO


Join us for a fun hands-on experience packing 1 child's weekend bag and writing him or her an encouraging note: 10:30am-12:00pm at the GMID April 6th Lunch & Learn, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.


Everyone who stops by our table will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win a complimentary Education Session at the next MPI South Florida event.


Be the change you want to see in the world!


Thank you to our Sponsors!








$45.00 Member
$50.00 after 11:00 am April 5
$30.00 Earlybird rate before March 7

$30.00 Student
$20.00 Earlybird rate before March 7

$65.00 Non Member
$70.00 after 11:00 am April 5
$50.00 Earlybird rate before March 7

$250.00 Table Top Exhibit

$5.00 One Raffle ticket

$10.00 Three raffle tickets

$15.00 Five raffle tickets

$20.00 Ten raffle tickets

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